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A History of Philosophy in America, 1720-2000


There has been a lot of philosophy produced in America and that philosophy has been heavily influenced by the unique character of American religion and the American position in the world. This is the story told by Bruce Kuklick, Nichols Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, in his recent book A History of Philosophy in America. For the first time, you can read about the full scope of American philosophy from its earliest days through the dawn of the 21st century.

Key to understanding early American philosophy, and thus the whole course of American philosophy, is the parish ministries of New England where various forms of Calvinism held sway.
Х Good resource on American philosophy
Х Dense, but clearly written
Х Author doesn't hold back his opinions, so it's not a dry, academic text

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Х Explanation of the development of philosophy in America
Х Approaches topic in chronological manner
Х Argues that American philosophy has lost its way

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